Although occasionally bred as a beef breed
, Norwegian Red cattle
are primarily used on dairy farm
s. Their (rather grotesque
ly) large udders
produce a tremendous amount of milk
, which is useful not only for dairy
purposes, but also for calving
: a Norwegian Red mother can provide enough milk
to substantially accelerate the growth
of newborn cows
Though it now accounts for more than 90% of Norway's cattle, it was only recently devloped: in the 1960's, ranchers crossed the Trondheim and the Østland breeds, and after a few generations of experimentation with other genetic additions, arrived at the Norwegian Red.
Being so young, as a breed, there is still considerable variation within Norwegian Red herds. By and large, they are red and white, with thin shoulders and a narrow stance. Their carcass weight is moderate, but not substantial enough for beef breed use.
This node is part of Tem42's list of cattle breeds, entitled, simply, cattle.